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Shadows of Doubt


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Move over Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, there are 4 new teenage sleuths in town. All they need is a talking dog.

Shadows of Doubt by Timothy R. Baldwin centers around Marcus Kahale, his girlfriend Alissa, his best friend Nate, and Nate’s girlfriend Janice. Summer is over and the teenagers are in school and raring to go for another school year. However, a series of events has their school sports events on hold and Marcus’ father going from the school athletic director to moonlighting at the local pizzeria as a delivery boy.

Everything is going smoothly for Marcus as he takes first place in his track meet. Suddenly a ticket collection booth that should be locked is broken into, there’s a delay in the arrival of the girl’s soccer team new uniforms, and worst of all Marcus’ father is replaced as the school athletic director by a “washed up, pot-bellied, barrel chested, rounded-gut” substitute gym teacher know as Mr. Dunbar.

Vandals, missing money, lack of school funds, and protests at the board of education can’t stop the four teenagers as they are hot on the trail of their latest mystery. Car crashes and tracking devices aside, the kids are in hot pursuit and ready to crack the case. They even come equipped with their own tactical pens, flashlights, and lock picking kits.

When I was younger I watched Scooby-Doo and I read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mysteries faithfully. I really enjoyed reading about the antics of the four Lenape Highschoolers: Marcus, Alissa, Nate, and Janice. Baldwin doesn’t miss a beat in entertaining readers with “omens in the mashed potatoes” and “skeletons” in the Kahale closet. I was just waiting for a dog or another talking pet of some kind to make an appearance.

Shadows of Doubt by Timothy R. Baldwin is a must read for lovers of YA fiction. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I like the way Baldwin interlaces the burgeoning romance between Marcus and Alissa with their mystery solving. He manages to capture the teenage experience of driving, curfews, and dating. I also appreciate his descriptions of characters such as when the kids talk about Mr. Dunbar. And the way they discuss the changes of behavior in Marcus’ father. Such as the sag in his shoulders and his increased drinking. So,can the kids save Marcus’ father’s job and solve the mystery before it’s too late?

Shadows of Doubt by Timothy R. Baldwin is book 2 in the Kahale and Claude Mystery Series.

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About the author

Tim grew up in Syracuse, New York. He lives in Maryland where he teaches English, Creative Writing, Film, and Theatre. At the insistence of his own students, he began writing seriously in 2014. When he's not writing, he's reading, teaching, camping, or at a live music concert. view profile

Published on May 20, 2020

Published by Indies United Publishing House, LLC

50000 words

Genre: Young Adult

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